The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Elvis’ heart wrenching death on August 16, 1977 was quickly followed by headlines around the world announcing the tragedy to fans all over the globe, including the local Memphis paper, The Commercial Appeal, which announced his passing on August 17 with the headline, “Death Captures Crown of Rock And Roll - Elvis Dies Apparently After Heart Attack.” The Memphis Press-Scimitar’s article decried “A Lonely Life Ends on Elvis Presley Boulevard” with the entire front page dedicated to Elvis and the “Mourners in Waiting for Last Homecoming of Revered Singer.” After his death, thousands flocked to Graceland to pay their tributes, with over 80,000 fans lining the processional route. Even President Jimmy Carter was quoted saying that Elvis “permanently changed the face of American popular culture.” A musical icon was lost that dark day, but the memory and legacy of Elvis lives on. Offered is a collection of ephemera recalling this dark day that consists of: four (4) newspapers from August 17, 1977 reporting on the monumental loss including Memphis Press-Scimitar, The Commercial Appeal, St. Petersburg Times, and Evening Independent from St. Petersburg, Florida; an August 18, 1977 ticket stub for his scheduled concert in Portland, Maine; and an unsigned thank you card for condolences. These condolence cards were mailed to fans and friends who reached out to the Presley family with their sympathies on the tragic loss of Elvis. This example of the condolence card was sent to Florence Cox in Riverdale, MD, as the label on the front of the envelope indicates. The envelope is postmarked Jan 30, 1977 in red ink (likely the date on the machine had not yet been advanced) and January 31, 1978 in black ink on the front. The simple ivory notecard relays on the front “The family of Elvis Aron Presley acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind expression of sympathy” while remaining blank on the inside. The notecard and envelope measure approximately 3 3/4 by 5 inches (9.52 x 12.7 cm), the folded newspapers each measure 12 by 15 inches (30.48 x 38.1 cm), and the ticket stub measures 1 1/2 by 3 3/8 inches (3.81 x 8.57 cm). This collection, memorializing the day the music died, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The collection is in excellent condition overall with typical wear and discoloration from age.
Notecard of Appreciation for Condolences from “The Family of Elvis Aron Presley” with Original Mailing Envelope, August 18, 1977, Ticket Stub and Four Aug. 17, 1977 Newspapers
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $468.75
Estimate: $400 - $500
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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